Originally written for Authoright
The fair welcomes more than 25,000 industry professionals from 124 countries annually. They can’t be all wrong.
Now entering its 45th year, The London Book Fair is where the industry meets in the spring to set their agendas for the year ahead. The reputable marketplace covers all aspects of publishing — from rights negotiation to distribution of content across print, audio, film and digital channels — and it is a vital opportunity to rub shoulders with the who’s who of the industry. Discover the innovations shaping the publishing world from keynote speakers, future-gazing presentations, face-to-face business, heated debate and unrivalled networking opportunities in the heart of West London.
More than 1,500 exhibitors, from the giant houses publishing best-sellers and academic texts to the smallest independent producers of children’s books and graphic novels, will be under the same roof. Numerous visitors involved with the creation, distribution, sale or treatment of content, such as authors, booksellers, digital solution developers, distributors, talent scouts, editors, designers and translators, will also be walking the floor with you. The range of topics to be covered in the over 200 free-to-attend seminars is staggering; choose between ‘Authors: Central to the business’, ‘Literary Translation: Making Words Travel ‘, ‘Children’s & Edutainment’, ‘Retail & Etail: Reaching the Consumer’ and many more. To help you choose, a dedicated LBF app containing all the information about the Fair, including how to get around, a diary to plan the time and a networking tool to plan meetings with, will be made available to the attendees.
Writers are at the heart of The London Book Fair and so Author HQ, the programme designed to provide the knowledge, tools and insight writers need to make informed decisions about publishing their manuscripts, will now be in its fifth year. The Write Stuff will see authors pitch their books to a panel of literary agents in front of an audience for the chance to win a follow up meeting with an agent. Agent One-to-One meetings will give writers the opportunity to talk directly to agents from leading literary agencies about their books, seek advice about any stage of the writing process, and receive direct feedback on pitches and ideas. PEN International, the body that campaigns for freedom of expression for writers everywhere, defending and promoting their work and trying to remove barriers to literature, will also be providing a platform for the sensitive issue of censorship to be discussed. At the same time, The Author of the Day programme will brings some of the best writers today to the Fair, celebrating their work and spotlighting its impact. First introduced in 2006, Author of the Day is now established as a key element of the fair. This year, one day will be dedicated to commemorating the 400th year anniversary of William Shakespeare, trio of authors Tracy Chevalier, Howard Jacobson and Jeanette Winterson leading the celebration. They will be joining global bestsellers Professor Nick Bostrom, Judith Kerr and Marian Keyes.
The London Book Fair will provide all visitors with the unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world — but also celebrate creativity, imagination and storytelling in all its many forms. London Book and Screen Week will coincide with the London Book Fair for the second year, with the book fair as the pivotal three-day event within a five day programme. Taking place from 11th-17th April, the citywide celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they’ve inspired will unite readers, writers, gamers and film fans through hundreds of events taking place all across literary London. London Book and Screen Week is an event produced by The London Book Fair.
Tue 12th Apr: 09:00–18:30
Wed 13th Apr: 09:00–18:30
Thu 14th Apr: 09:00–17:00
Originally written for Authoright